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MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm PST
problem with the obama care rollout. he hasn't really had that sort of thing since rahm emanuel left. before it becomes a big problem out there in public. i would regard this as a very good thick as the president reaching out beyond his -- the people he's comfortable with in his inner circle. >> there's been a bit of a debate percolating around nbc, lifting the minimum wage. they are saying this could be a real winning issue for democrats to run on and inequality in general in 2014. >> i think it probably is a good issue politically. and you also pair that with the unemployment insurance which is probably another politically winning issue for the democrats. certainly has a lot of populist possibilities there. in terms of actual policy and getting things done, i don't think that's any sort of near term thing we've got to first do this next punt on the budget and see if we can avoid a shutdown but not actually achieve anything in terms of overall, longer terms problems with the budget. >> dana milbank, you are a reporter like me who always roots for the story. and the lone star republi
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm PST
for re-election or running to be elected. how is the website rollout and politics of obama care in general, how is that playing on the ground already? >> it's playing very differently depending on where you are. i'll give you two examples. you probably heard about kentucky where the website is going really well. i know the new york times and "washington post" talked about that a lot. if you go to kentucky, what you hear is that mitch mcconnell is still loud and proud saying we should repeal obama care. and the democratic candidate there running and her name is allison grimes. so far even though kentucky has a good website, she is still very weary of this law. her view is still obama care not going to help you win in kentucky. on the other hand in florida, you have charlie crist, now a democrat, running for governor there. he made one of his big issues the medicate expansion which is popular. florida has not allowed the medicaid expansion. and he thinks it's a winning issue with the democrats in florida. >> the website is working better but still underlying issues only just beginnin
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 12:00pm PST
voted for obama care so blame them for your troubles. as jonathan allen writes, if they aren't aware of the law's upside or can't remember it amid the problems with the rollout, democrats will be holding on to a anchor rather than a buoy which leads us back to the presidential pr pitch and peter alexander outside the white house. you just heard the president's speech. do you think the bully pulpit has lost its power at this point? >> reporter: a lot of people who paid attention to the last couple of months for this white house feel they've heard events not too dissimilar to this multiple times. this is the reboot, 3.0. the white house feels strongly this is the time it's going to work. the president made it pretty clear, krystal, you can make fun of me or kind of give me a hard time or website a hard time but you can't give this law a hard time. what was noticeable was the standing ovation when he said this law, affordable care act is not going to be repeal as long as i'm president and that got everybody on their feet, people who benefit from the law at this time. one of the real focuse
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm PST
is the fed has helped wall street while main street has continued to suffer. the obama care bill has helped big pharma and insurance companies. and there hasn't been a lot of focus on closing looploopholes. i think this speech, if it does signal the beginning of a new, sustained focus for him, could be hopefully a turning point because we do need as a country moral leadership like the kind that the president could provide to focus on this problem, and it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game between left and right, democrat and republican. i have written a lot about how republicans have been terrible at even talking about the problem of poverty, but there are some voices out there talking about it. and if the president could kind of launch a national project and provide moral leadership for business, for republicans, for democrats, and bring people together, i think that could be a significant legacy of his presidency. >> yeah, and i'd put it a little differently. there's one study that shows lower income americans have benefitted under this administration than any in the last 30 ye
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm PST
that is through obama care which provides a new health benefit to low wage workers who don't get insurance through work. part is what is politically attractive, it doesn't have an explicit cost to taxpayers, it pushes the cost on to employers. the problem with any program with a hidden economic cost, it does flow through somewhere. for example, from retailers that have a lot of minimum wage employees and to some extent in the form of lower employment for people with low wages. it would be nice to talk about a broader sweep of policies aimed at increasing a lot of people with low incomes. nobody is willing to talk about things that cost money to the taxpayer. >> i don't want to get in a big debate about the minimum wage today, maybe another time but the research seems to show that there is little to no impact in terms of increasing unemployment. we have natural experiments all across the country with states and localities that have varied levels of the minimum wage. i did want to listen to what the president had to say, bigger picture about income an equality. >> top 10% no longer
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm PST
alternative to obama care? i asked john boehner this question. i want to get your reaction. >> what is a patient driven health care system that the gop talks about and will it be a viable gopal tern tif to obama care in 2014? >> when you look at obama care, what you see a government centered health care delivery system. that's not what the american people want. the american people want to be able to pick their own type of health insurance and want to be able to pick their own doctor and pick their own hospital. that's what a patient centered health care system looks like. >> will that be up for a vote in 2014, a bill for that? >> will that be up for a vote in 2014? >> we'll see. >> it looks like there won't be a concrete alternative to obama care in 2014. does the republican party move forward saying the 40 million uninsured, should they have a real concrete plan? >> we lose elections when we write things off as political sound bites. the fact of the matter is when you actually try to reform the health care system, which is the size of the gdp of france, around $3 trillion, the most
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